University of Cincinnati professors approve new contract by more than 9 to 1 margin

CINCINNATI – Members of University of Cincinnati's faculty union have overwhelmingly approved the contract hammered out after protracted negotiations.

The contract will go into full effect if the UC board of trustees approves it at a special meeting scheduled for March 20.

The contract was ratified by 94 percent of voters, according to Jeff Cramerding, one of the chief negotiators for UC's chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

The three-year contract includes a 1.25 percent raise in each of the first two years and a 1.5 percent raise in the 2015-16 academic year. It also increases the fund for faculty training to $1 million in each of the last two years from $600,000.

On average, members will pay 1 percent more for their health insurance for a net increase of 6.25 percent pay over the course of the contract compared to previous pay, according to the union.

“This contract is a step in the right direction. As UC moves into its Third Century, much work remains if our university is to attract and retain the quality faculty necessary to compete as a top research and teaching university," AAUP-UC President Greg Loving said.

Faculty members have been working under terms of the prior contract since it expired on June 30, prompting several demonstrations to pressure administrators to reach terms, including dozens of professors wielding posters silently filing into a board meeting last December.

The new, three-year contract includes a 1.25 percent raise in each of the first two years and a 1.5 percent raise in the 2015-16 academic year.

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